The Amazing Meeting 2014 will be held at Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, July 10th – 13th, 2014. More details will be announced soon so check back here and at amazingmeeting.com in the weeks ahead for more details on the event and to register.
In the meantime, please enjoy some new videos from last year's TAM below.
Depression Re-examined: A New Way to Look at an Old Puzzle (Harriet Hall) Jonathan Rottenberg proposes an evolutionary explanation for depressive illnesses. Rather than a defect in brain chemicals, thoughts, or childhood experiences, he suggests it is not a defect at all, but a survival trait that has become maladaptive in the modern environment. His thought-provoking insights are based on recent animal and human research studies.
Open Data (Steven Novella) The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has announced that all articles published in a PLOS journal must submit their original data so anyone can access and analyze it for themselves. This experiment in open access to data sets an example that print journals should follow. Complete transparency facilitates the self-corrective scientific process.
The Diet Fix (Scott Gavura) Yoni Freedhoff’s new book The Diet Fix explains why diets fail and proposes a 10-day plan to get the best out of any diet. He debunks common myths and is adamant that there is no one perfect diet for everyone. He recommends behaviors and skills to support a life-long approach to healthy living and sustainable weight loss.
Measles gets a helping hand (John Snyder) The measles vaccine was successful in eliminating measles in the United States and is making great progress in other countries, but enlarging pockets of under-immunization threaten to derail those efforts. Antiscientific parental vaccine refusal was largely responsible for the 189 cases of measles in the US in 2013 (the highest rate in 17 years). Unvaccinated travellers bring measles into the US and it spreads to other unimmunized people. The problem is even worse in the UK.
Brandon has been extremely busy in Europe with Randi's sold-out tour. Crowds have been large and enthusiastic. But he did have time to send off this missive and video:
Greetings, Jeff. It's late at night in Tallinn, Estonia, where Randi just lectured in the old city center at the Science Academy. The Academy is one of those glorious old estates meant to be lived in for generations, gilted walls disappearing beneath decades' worth of portraiture. (Didn't happen: A century after it was built, a bunch of scientists took it over.) This was a classier joint than we're used to, but Randi comported himself as well as you'd expect.
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